Yesterday YG showed up at the Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles where he was promptly called out by Chika for being “disingenuous ” for shooting a music video during the protest. The “FTP” artist responded on IG early Monday morning to share a video of the protest, writing, “For anyone out there talking I don’t question your advocacy and don’t think you should question mine.” However, for an artist that has promoted lawlessness and illegal activity in his music, YG’s advocacy should be questioned. For instance in YG’s 2019 song “Stop Snitchin” he boasts “I’ma pull a gun out, I ain’t gon’ run, I ain’t no athlete”. The song is a consensus which has generally been accepted in the hip hop community that citizens shouldn’t assist law enforcement in doing their jobs. Is it possible that criminals such as YG, who was arrested as early as January of this year on robbery charges, want the police defunded or disbanded to wreak havoc on their communities?
Another rapper who regularly discusses criminal justice reform is Meek Mill who regularly promotes violence in his music with song titles such as “Body Count” and “Ooh Kill Em”. Meek Mill’s twelve-year legal case is often bought up as a discrepancy of fairness in the criminal justice system, but during the time the rapper was on probation Meek Mill allegedly beat up Quentin Miller, and was involved in numerous other instances of violence. This doesn’t illustrate a reformed individual, but a person who used his star power to avoid going to jail.
These are just some of the faces of the growing criminal justice movement from hip-hop who are giving contradictory messages. Jay-Z has boasted of his past illegal drug activity for decades while committing $100 million to the cause. So the question is if the Black Lives Matter movement is about promoting lawlessness and disdain for the police because if it’s not, the messages from some of the hip-hop stars in the movement, are a bit contradicting.